For Team USA’s Brendan McHugh, the corporate world can wait. Until September of 2016.
McHugh is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Washington and Lee School of Law, and has accepted a job with the Washington, DC law firm, Drinker Biddle & Reath, with whom he interned during the summer of 2014.
McHugh deferred his start date at Drinker Biddle & Reath in order to train for the 2015 World Championships in Kazan and then to try to make the 2016 US Olympic Team for Rio. His LinkedIn profile reads:
From May 2015 until August 2016 I will be training to make the United States Olympic Team. I have accepted a position at Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP that begins September 2016.
McHugh finished 18th in prelims this morning at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan with 27.62, a half-second off the 27.10 he went in prelims of the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships to set the U.S. Open Record.
McHugh told SwimSwam in an interview earlier this summer:
“Unless swimming becomes extremely profitable for me, I think 2016 is it. I think the qualifying system for the national team this year is great. I like that it considers a lot of swims rather than just nationals.
“I personally would love to see the 50 strokes become Olympic events. Why should only freestylers be the ones able to make a living that way? And personally I think sprints are what the general public likes to see. People always watch the 100m in track because drop dead sprints are all-out and exciting.”